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Hong Kong: Medical Simulation Centres Teach Doctors how to cope with a Crisis upload


A man lies on the operating table, a heart monitor bleeping his vital signs. There are 5 others in the theatre: 2 doctors, 2 nurses and an assistant. They are scrubbed up, ready for surgery, but something is wrong. “It was a challenging scenario and all about assertive communication and how you deal with hierarchy if the surgeon does something wrong," says Leung, who has worked in Accident and Emergency for 10 years. Medical simulation is an education technique. Put simply, it's an opportunity for medics to practise before they do the real thing and is based on aviation simulation techniques. It has become an important element of healt
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Hong Kong: US$100m Ebola Emergency Response Plan Unveiled by WHO\'s Margaret Chan


The World Health Organisation is launching a US$100 million response plan to combat an \"unprecedented\" outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, director general Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun said on 31 July. Chan will meet in Conakry, Guinea on 1 August with the presidents of affected West African nations to take the response against the disease to \"a new level\". The WHO had identified the need for \"several hundred more personnel\" to be deployed in affected countries, Chan said in an appeal to donor countries.\r\nMeanwhile, inquiries by multinational firms and non-government organisations about the outbreak increased fourfold in the past month, a
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Hong Kong: Hong Kong Govt Urged to Review Future Ambulance Services as Population Ages


Patients\' rights groups are calling on the government to review the city\'s ambulance services to ensure they are capable of meeting the burgeoning demands of the city in the future.\r\n\"There is a concern that while the population is growing and there are more cars on the street, there may be a need to keep an eye on the ambulance response times,\" said Alex Lam Chi-yau, vice-chairman of the Alliance of Patients\' Organisations. In the past 5 years, the number of calls for ambulances has increased by almost 90,000. To meet the demand the city has added 100 more ambulances to its fleet with 300 more officers and frontline staff.
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Hong Kong: Emergency Procedures for Schools to be Reviewed Following Tragedy of 10-year-old Pupil


The Education Bureau will review guidelines for schools in handling emergencies after staff at a primary in Kwai Chung where a 10-year-old girl fell to her death failed to call 999 right away. Staff at CCC Kei Chun Primary School instead called paramedic St John Ambulance. The school was found to have instructed staff members not to call 999 for \"non-emergency matters\".\r\nThe Education Bureau\'s guidelines for schools dealing with emergencies do not specify that schools should call 999. A bureau spokeswoman said on July 24 it would review the guidelines based on the coroner\'s ruling and suggestions. She said the bureau had guidelines to a
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Hong Kong: Public Hospital A&E Patients Top 6,000 a Day


Accident and emergency (A&E) services at public hospitals are under serious stress, as the number of people using them each day has surpassed 6,000, Headline Daily reported Wednesday (December 30).\r\nA total of 6,315 people sought help at A&E departments Monday (December 28), it said. Pok Oi Hospital in Yuen Long and Caritas Medical Centre in Cheung Sha Wan received patients 10 percent beyond their capacity, and patients at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei exceeded its capacity by over 20 percent.
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